As a nor’easter pummeled the Philadelphia area on Friday, causing power outages, delays and general chaos throughout the region, it seemed the universe was against Jorge Ramos’ planned discussion with AL DÍA News.
But Ramos has never been one to back down from a challenge.
Following an appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and longtime Univision anchor braved the storm for a conversation with AL DÍA CEO Hernán Guaracao about Ramos' new book, “Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era.”
The memoir (released on Feb. 27) details the author’s famous exchange with President Donald Trump in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2015 while the then presidential candidate was on the campaign trail. Ramos interrupted Trump’s press conference to question him about his intentions to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a 1,900-mile wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
In response, Trump had Ramos ejected from the event. Then, seconds after being pushed out by a security guard, a supporter of the president confronted Ramos to tell him, “Get out of my country.”
In the book, Ramos uses this moment and the emotions that came with it to initiate a discussion on immigration, relaying to readers his own immigrant story. Born and raised in Mexico City, Ramos moved to the U.S. in 1983 to escape the censorship in Mexico that hindered his work as a reporter.
As the title suggests, the anti-immigrant rhetoric spewed by right-wing ideologues, such as Trump, members of his administration and his supporters, often leaves Ramos feeling like a stranger in this nation where he is a citizen. A nation where he has raised two children. A nation he considers home.
“This country saved me,” Ramos said during his interview with AL DÍA. “This country gave me the opportunities that my country couldn’t give me.”
See below for highlights from Ramos’ visit and stay tuned for the full story from AL DÍA News.